Next Meeting Monday 9th December: Hailes Abbey and the Mystery of the Holy Blood, a talk by David Haldred

Broadway History Society’s next meeting and talk will take place on Monday 9th December 2019, with a talk by David Haldred on Hailes Abbey and the Mystery of the Holy Blood.

Located between Toddington and Winchcombe, Hailes Abbey was founded in 1246 by the Earl of Cornwall, the second son of King John, and was once the centre of monastic life. In 1270 the Abbey received a holy relic believed to be a portion of the blood shed by Christ on the Cross. The Holy Blood of Christ transformed the monastery into one of the most important pilgrimage sites in medieval England but the relic was destroyed and the Abbey left in ruins when the Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1539. David’s talk will explore how the rise and fall of the Abbey was inextricably linked to its prized relic.

Non-members are welcome, £3 on the door. Refreshments will be served during the interval.

Hailes Abbey
By Saffron Blaze – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Debbie Williamson
Broadway History Society